This morning begins the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection, prayer, and abstinence.
Though I'm as Jewish as a bagel-and-schmear can be, I appreciate those who observe because I think there is something very edifying about foregoing something you desire/want/need for a purpose that is beyond yourself.
In other words, it's one thing to give up chocolate to feel healthier or to lose weight, but it's another thing entirely to abstain for something outside of yourself -- to give glory to the creator or for one's small place in the world or simply to be part of a community that is engaged in the same self-sacrifice.
My Gin Gibson is raised in your honor!
Ross Dress for Less v. Castro:
Oh boy, I feel another lesson in how to litigate like professionals coming on:
Ross Dress for Less Virginia, Inc., and U.S. Security Associates, Inc., seek certiorari relief from an order holding them in contempt and sanctioning them for discovery violations by imposing a $200 a day fine; striking their pleadings; entering a default against them; and allowing an amendment to the complaint against them to include “by interlineation” a claim for punitive damages. On the analysis outlined below, we grant the petition and quash the order under review in its entirety. Additionally we note what transpired here was a textbook case of the tail wagging the dog. Relying on the solitary uncorroborated comment of a single nonparty, Respondents’ counsel, employing hyperbole and declared outrage, set out on a quest to collect hundreds of apprehension reports, continuing even when Petitioners swore under oath that they had handed over all such reports in their possession, leaving unanswered the real issues before the court, as counsel chased the nonexistent and irrelevant.Ok, but other than that -- affirmed?
Also Judge Shepherd gilds the lily:
I write to underscore the initial point made by my distinguished colleague who penned the majority opinion in this case. Courts are not fact-free zones. Tactics of the type exhibited in this case are corrosive to the rule of law.Yikes -- this might be a good time to repent.